Speakers for Schools is Hiring!

13 April 2017

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Speakers for Schools is looking to add a driven, entrepreneurial, highly organised professional to our delivery team as Engagement Co-ordinator. Along with the right skill-set they must be passionate about the heart of what we do: making it possible for students and state schools to access the unique insights of leading figures, and levelling the playing field. Working as a part of our small yet effective delivery team this role contributes to managing communications with hundreds of high-profile individuals that give their time to the programme and ensuring smooth participation with the charity.

Our charity works with 1,000+ industry leaders as speakers donating their time, alongside collaborations with major institutions such as the CBI, Google, Advertising Association, Department for Education, 30% Club, PwC, RBS, The Prince’s Teaching Institute and more.


The Role

Job Title: Engagement Co-ordinator

Location: London

Salary: £22-23,000 PA

Job Description

Our organisation helps hundreds of state schools organise for their students to hear from today’s leading figures, free of charge.

Speakers for Schools is a small team with national reach, working entrepreneurially with our unique, esteemed speaker network to help them give their commitment of a talk in a school each year, now having facilitated over 3600 talks since 2011 with a network of 1100 speakers and nearly 2000 state secondary schools UK wide.

Our charity requires an Engagement Coordinator to process and drive forward engagement with hundreds of speakers each year, ensuring they are mobilised and managed across the year at a fast, effective pace and helping set them up with an appropriate school. The ideal candidate will be looking for a demanding post in a small, entrepreneurial charity, as a conscientious team member with a strong interest in education and state schools. On a team of 3 you will help in facilitating talks through high-volume liaising over the phone/email to connect speakers and schools for a successful S4S engagement.

Please note we are not an event management organisation and this is an office-based position liaising, mobilising and tracking on a database, reporting to the Programme Manager.

Be sure to see our website about our programme and how we work before applying.

Hours/Location: Full-time, permanent contract at our London office (not a flexi-role)

Application deadline: Sunday 30th April 3PM; please see below regarding notifications and start date



  • Contacting and mobilising hundreds of high-profile speakers each term that are a part of the S4S network, securing commitments and driving forward participation as needed for the charity;
  • Liaising with both speakers and schools, ensuring professional communication on phone and email throughout;
  • Daily updates of records in Salesforce CRM, tracking responses and ensuring proper data management
  • Working independently and swiftly on high-volume outreach and mobilisation within a structured programme plan to meet targets, as agreed and set by the Programme Manager
  • Supporting the engagement team as needed on any contact, phone conversations with stakeholders and wider charity work



  • At least 2 yrs experience in a professional environment (full-time) preferably managing outreach or communications with a variety of stakeholders
  • Good level of education (degree level), demonstrating capability in producing written content and briefs to a professional quality
  • Excellent telephone manner and professional communicator; excels at liaising with and managing relationships particularly with senior level offices
  • Comfort and experience in working with technology and overseeing data management, as this is a major part of the role
  • Proven capability of working through high-volumes of work and securing targets across varying objectives within delivery/engagement
  • Basic knowledge of UK school system (non-university, as our charity only works secondary schools)

Candidates that do not visibly meet the above criteria will not be considered.


  • Excels at organising their workload and enjoys driving work forward independently
  • Strategic thinker able to change tactics while still meeting larger objectives
  • Takes pride in preforming at a high level producing quality outcomes
  • Understands and enjoys the demands of working in a dynamic environment and small team; able to work collaboratively and flexibly

To apply…

  • Please apply as soon as possible as interviews will start during the advertising period. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified no later than 2nd May.
  • To apply please submit a covering letter and CV to speakers4schoolsinfo@gmail.comApplications without covering letters will not be read. Please be sure to detail why this post appeals to you and your interest in being a part of our charity’s work. If applicable please include details of any considerations such as notice period and preferred start date.
  • The start date for this role is early May. Successful candidates must have no more than a 4 week notice period. Employment will be subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references.